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– IDW Publishing will release a new print-only 200 page hardcover magazine, called Full Bleed. The “periodical” will be released quarterly by Woodworks, a new IDW imprint based in Portland, Oregon. It will feature a mix of comics and prose, “tackling the subject of creative culture in all its forms: comics, music, fine art, design and more.” The first volume will be released in December, and has interviews with Stephen King and Alan Moore, along with other comic and prose content, including “travelogues, op-eds and reported pieces about subjects from the placement of comics in museums to 1970s health food stores and vinyl records.” There is a Kickstarter campaign for the project for pre-orders.
– A couple bits of TV casting news came out yesterday. Garret Dillahunt (12 Years a Slave, Deadwood) has joined Fox’s upcoming X-Men show, The Gifted, in a “key” recurring role. Dillahunt will play Roderick Campbell, a mutant researcher working for series antagonists Sentinel Services. Nate Corddry (Mom) has joined the cast of Hulu’s adaptation of “Locke & Key” as Duncan Locke, the Locke Children’s uncle. He will co-star opposite Frances O’Connor. And in some non-casting TV news, it looks like Clark Gregg will be directing an upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He had hinted at the possibility in a reddit AMA earlier in the year, and confirmed it on twitter yesterday.
– Scott Snyder has started making the rounds for today’s release of “Dark Nights: Metal” #2. In an interview with Newsarama, he teased out a few details for the issue, as well as confirming that more Hawkman and Outsiders are coming. Snyder also revealed that “Batman Lost” #1 is important enough to the event that it will be included in the eventual collection with the main issues. Don’t forget to check out our own extensive interview with him on the DC3cast for the first issue, and stay tuned for another chat with him next week.
– Five people have been arrested in Japan on suspicion of violating copyright law for leaking “One Piece,” a popular manga that runs in the weekly “Shonen Jump.” The suspects had accumulated at least 379 million yen ($3.47 million) over several years from advertising revenue related to publishing the early leaks. The group had purchased physical copies from a store that sells it before release, and then scanned and posted it to their websites.
– Titans Comics announced that it will be expanding its reach with Statix Press, a new imprint to release its titles globally. Titan has been bringing translated versions of European comics to the U.S. since 1994, and will kick off their global releases with “Doctor Radar,” “The Beautiful Death,” “Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens,” and “Under: Scourge of the Sewer.” The titles will start shipping this month.
– Grant Morrison and Dan Mora will be returning to “Klaus,” in a new 48-page one-shot releasing this December. “Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville” will follow the superhero version of Santa Claus as he goes up against an evil Santa from an alternate dimension. The original limited series started in 2015, with a follow-up one-shot released last December. Morrison has talked in the past about returning each year to the character, and currently has plans through 2019.
– AfterShock has announced “Backways,” a new fantasy series from writer Justin Jordan and artist Eleonara Carlini. The series follows “Anna Merrick as she plunges ever deeper into an unseen nation . . . that exists alongside our own in the nooks and crannies of reality and collectively called the Backways.” The first issue will debut on December 20.
– The New Mutants director Josh Boone has announced that initial filming is days away from wrapping up, along with teasing the look of the film’s logo (which is very reminiscent of the logo from X-Men: The Animated Series). The film will be released on April 13, 2018.
– Current “All-Star Batman” artist Rafael Albuquerque is working on his next creator-owned project, this time an OGN for Dark Horse. No other details have been released at this time. His last creator-owned project for the publisher was 2015’s “Ei8ht.”Continued below
– And lastly, in a follow up to yesterday’s bombshell news that J.J. Abrams would be returning to the Star Wars franchise to co-write and direct Episode IX, the official Star Wars twitter account announced that the release date for the film will be pushed back to December 20, 2019, one week after Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled to be released. Your move DC.